Entrepreneurs can now apply for the 2022 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition. Judges selected by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will review all written submissions. Participants who advance to later rounds will give their pitches to a panel of judges, and the top three finalists will be awarded. The deadline to apply is May […]

The Octagon Center for the Arts and the Ames Community Arts Council are partnering to host the fourth annual Business of Art Conference, Radio Iowa reports. The conference is designed to bring together rural Iowa artists of all kinds to network and develop business and entrepreneurial skills. Each day features a keynote speech from Akwi Nji, a […]

The Startup Iowa Hot List is a new twice-monthly digest that aims to facilitate more connections between Iowa-based startups and the Midwest investor and entrepreneurial communities. The first list highlights startups like MemberMarketplace and ChopLocal, which are actively raising funds, as well as companies to watch. Questions and feedback can be sent to Diana Wright […]

The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce has announced the second annual Athene Black & Brown Business Summit Pitch Competition, scheduled for April 21. The deadline to submit an application to participate is March 1. Applicants must be at least 51% minority-owned, have been in business for at least two years and be a for-profit business. So far, $38,000 has […]

“Bet on Black” is a new television series dedicated to investing in entrepreneurs with ideas that highlight Black culture and foster social and community impact. And it features someone familiar to the Des Moines startup community. Co-founder and CEO of Des Moines-based coffee company Blk & Bold Specialty Beverages Pernell Cezar is participating in the […]

Project will enable better storytelling, goal-setting for startups, creators say Diana Wright, startup community builder at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, was picking up on a need last year to better understand and measure Iowa’s startup and entrepreneurship activity. There isn’t a comprehensive data source showcasing startups in Iowa, which meant any local tracking had […]

A first cohort of 10 Iowa City entrepreneurs was announced Tuesday for the Idea Accelerator, which launched in December. Each entrepreneur has a business idea that they will develop during the 90-day virtual accelerator. Ideas vary widely, from seeking child care solutions to developing a new model for healthy living, according to a release. Iowa City Area […]

Iowa State University and the University of Iowa both ranked on the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine’s list of the top 50 undergraduate programs for entrepreneurship, ranking at No. 11 and No. 28, respectively. The list was based on a 60-question survey of almost 300 schools with entrepreneurship offerings that included questions about student and […]